Kirsty N. Prior

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BACKGROUND Successful adjustment following treatment for coronary artery disease is related to both psychological disposition and risk factor status. Consideration of the interplay between these variables is required to better acknowledge their relationship with health outcome. AIMS To determine the salience of self-efficacy and locus of control to both(More)
The behavioural aspects of somatic symptom disorders have received minimal research attention to date. The first section of this paper identifies key theoretical perspectives relevant to behavioural responses to illness. Specifically, the sociological concept of illness behaviour is offered as a general framework in which to consider the range of(More)
The primary aim was to explore the factor structure of the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ) and the generalisability of the derived dimensions to both general community members and four chronic illness groups. A questionnaire was administered to 675 participants, comprising 344 from the community, 80 with asthma, 95 with diabetes, 79 with chronic pain(More)
OBJECTIVE Key psychometric information was sought for three newly derived dimensions from an abridged Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ-31): Affirmation of Illness (AI), Concern for Health (CH) and General Affective State (GAS). The construct validity of these scales was examined along with their test-retest reliability and long-term stability. DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE To provide evidence for the utility of a single item measure designed to quantify disability in the past 30 days. METHOD Australian data from studies comprising a community-dwelling elderly sample (N = 328) and a sample of chronic osteoarthritis (OA) patients (N = 119) are reported. Degree of disability was classified as 0-30 days, 0 vs. 1 or more(More)
BACKGROUND Medical student selection and assessment share an underlying high stakes context with the need for valid and reliable tools. This study examined the predictive validity of three tools commonly used in Australia: previous academic performance (Grade Point Average (GPA)), cognitive aptitude (a national admissions test), and non-academic qualities(More)
Our aims were to determine whether a taxonomy of self-management strategies for osteoarthritis could be identified, and whether the resultant dimensions of such a taxonomy demonstrate predictable relationships with health status indices. Participants (n = 117) from community-based self-help groups and a general rheumatology outpatient clinic completed a(More)
Abnormal illness behavior (AIB) refers to a maladaptive manner of experiencing, evaluating, or acting in response to health and illness that is disproportionate to evident pathology. The construct was originally informed by the sociological notions of the sick role and illness behavior. The present article provides a comprehensive review of the conceptual(More)
OBJECTIVE This study sought to examine the synergistic contribution of illness-related perceptions (stigma, severity, and threat) and illness behavior to wellbeing among people with epilepsy. Poorer wellbeing was expected among those who perceived greater stigma, illness severity, and threat and had more extreme illness behavior. METHODS Individuals with(More)
OBJECTIVES We extend the seminal work of Professor Issy Pilowsky by presenting a contemporary re-conceptualization of abnormal illness behavior (AIB) as a general psychological phenomenon evident among healthy community members. METHODS Participants (N = 344) completed a self- report questionnaire comprising health information and well-validated(More)
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